HUD awards over $40 million to fight housing discrimination

Grants to support and promote fair housing nationwide

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $40.8 million to support dozens of fair housing organizations working to help end housing discrimination (see grant chart below for full list of recipients). These funds are provided through the Department’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) both to help people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination and to educate housing providers about fair housing laws.

This grant announcement provides resources that play an important role in fulfilling HUD’s mission to provide safe, fair, and affordable housing,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

“FHIP organizations are important partners in combating housing discrimination,” said Anna María Farías, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “The grants we are awarding today help to support these organizations on an ongoing basis.”

HUD’s FHIP grants support a wide range of fair housing enforcement, education, and outreach activities. These grants allow the groups to provide fair housing enforcement through testing in the rental and sales markets, to file fair housing complaints to HUD, and to conduct investigations. Additionally, the education and outreach activities these organizations conduct also help to educate the public, housing providers, and local governments about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

FHIP grants are provided under three categories:

  • Private Enforcement Initiative grants (PEI) – These awards help nonprofit fair housing enforcement organizations carry out investigations and other enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
  • Education and Outreach Initiative grants (EOI) – HUD awards these grants to groups that educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under federal law or state and local fair housing laws that are substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act.
  • Fair Housing Organizations Initiative grants (FHOI) – HUD awards these grants to help build the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations to continue and enhance enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.

Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY).

2020 FHIP AWARD WINNERS

State Organization City Award Amount
Alaska Alaska Legal Services Corporation Anchorage $125,000

 

 

Alaska Legal Services Corporation $360,000
 

Alabama

Central Alabama Fair Housing Center Montgomery $125,000
Central Alabama Fair Housing Center $360,000

 

Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama Birmingham $360,000
Mobile Fair Housing Center Mobile $125,000
Mobile Fair Housing Center $360,000
Arkansas Legal Aid of Arkansas Jonesboro $125,000
Legal Aid of Arkansas $341,396
Arizona Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc. Tucson $103,175
Southwest Fair Housing Council Tucson $125,000
Southwest Fair Housing Council $360,000
California Bay Area Legal Aid Oakland $360,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. Oakland $125,000
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. $360,000
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California San Rafael $125,000
Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California $360,000
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. Riverside $360,000
Fair Housing Foundation Long Beach $125,000
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. Bakersfield $360,000
Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center Napa $125,000
Greater Napa Valley Fair Housing Center $360,000
Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board Ontario $125,000
Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board $360,000
Legal Aid Society of San Diego San Diego $263,500
Legal Aid Society of San Diego San Diego $125,000
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. Los Angeles $125,000
Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc Santa Ana $125,000
Orange County Fair Housing Council, Inc. $360,000
Project Sentinel Inc. Santa Clara $360,000
Project Sentinel, Inc. Santa Clara $125,000
Legal Aid of San Diego, Inc. San Diego $125,000
Southern California Housing Rights Center Los Angeles $360,000
Southern California Housing Rights Center Los Angeles $125,000
Colorado Denver Metro Fair Housing Center Denver $357,651
Connecticut Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust Bridgeport $125,000
Connecticut Fair Housing Center Hartford $125,000
Connecticut Fair Housing Center $360,000
District of Columbia Equal Rights Center Washington $125,000
 Equal Rights Center $360,000
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Dev. Washington $250,000
National Community Reinvestment Coalition Washington $360,000
National Fair Housing Alliance Washington $250,000
National Fair Housing Alliance Washington $360,000
Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. Wilmington $360,000
Pathways to Success, Inc. Georgetown $125,000
Florida Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. Tampa $360,000
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. Orlando $93,691
Fair Housing Center of Greater Palm Beach, Inc. Palm Beach $360,000
Florida Legal Services, Inc. Orlando $125,000
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. Miami $125,000
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc. Miami $360,000
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Jacksonville $356,333
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. West Palm Beach $125,000
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. West Palm Beach $360,000
Georgia JC Vision and Associates, Inc. Hinesville $250,000
Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc. Atlanta $360,000
Veterans Center, Incorporated RIVERDALE $250,000
Hawaii Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Honolulu $360,000
Iowa Iowa Legal Aid Des Moines $96,228
Idaho Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc. Boise $124,951
Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc. $359,917
Illinois Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago Chicago $360,000
Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Chicago $339,831.33
Illinois H.O.P.E., Inc., d.b.a. HOPE Fair Housing Center Wheaton $359,996
Open Communities Evanston $125,000
John Marshall Law School Chicago $359,660
Legal Aid Chicago Chicago $360,000
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Rockford $360,000
Rogers Park Community Council Chicago $360,000
South Suburban Housing Center Homewood $125,000
South Suburban Housing Center Homewood $352,690
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Chicago $124,998
Indiana Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc. Indianapolis $125,000
Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc. Indianapolis $346,036
Kentucky Lexington Fair Housing Council, Inc. Lexington $360,000
Louisiana Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, Inc New Orleans $360,000
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, Inc. New Orleans $125,000
Maine Pine Tree Legal Assistance Portland $360,000
Massachusetts Community Legal Aid, Inc. Worcester $360,000
Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, Inc. Holyoke $360,000
SouthCoast Fair Housing, Inc. New Bedford $125,000
SouthCoast Fair Housing, Inc. $360,000
Suffolk University Boston $359,888
Maryland Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland and Delaware Columbia $125,000
Michigan Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit Detroit $360,000
Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan Kalamazoo $334,330
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan Grand Rapids $125,000
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan Grand Rapids $360,000
Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan Ypsilanti $124,900
Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan Ypsilanti $359,998
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan Flint $108,947
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan Flint $332,257
Minnesota Mid Minnesota Legal Assistance Minneapolis $360,000
Mississippi Housing Education and Economic Development Jackson $360,000
Mississippi Mississippi Center for Justice Jackson $360,000
Montana Montana Fair Housing, Inc. Butte $310,675
Missouri Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council St. Louis $360,000
North Dakota High Plains Fair Housing Center Grand Forks $360,000
 

 

Nebraska Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. Omaha $360,000
New Hampshire New Hampshire Legal Assistance Concord $124,7100
New Hampshire Legal Assistance $360,000
New Jersey Citizen Action of New Jersey Newark $125,000
Citizen Action Fund, Inc. $360,000
Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey Hackensack $360,000
Nevada Silver State Fair Housing Council Reno $335,776
New York Brooklyn Legal Services Brooklyn $360,000
 

New York

CNY Fair Housing, Inc. Syracuse $125,000
CNY Fair Housing, Inc. Syracuse $360,000
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. Long Island City $360,000
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. Buffalo $360,000

 

Legal Assistance of Western NY, Inc. Rochester $360,000
Long Island Housing Services, Inc. Bohemia $360,000
Westchester Residential Opportunity, Inc. White Plains $360,000
Ohio Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc. Akron $360,000
Fair Housing Opportunities, Inc. dba Fair Housing Center  Toledo $125,000
Fair Housing Opportunities, Inc. dba Fair Housing Center $360,000
Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. Painesville $360,000
Housing Opportunity Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati Cincinnati $360,000
Housing Research and Advocacy Cleveland $360,000
Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. Dayton $125,000
Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Inc. $360,000
Ohio State Legal Services Association Columbus $360,000
Oklahoma Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Oklahoma City $360,000
Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc. Oklahoma City $360,000
Oregon Fair Housing Council of Oregon Portland $125,000
Fair Housing Council of Oregon $360,000
Pennsylvania Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia, Inc. Fort Washington $360,000
Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern PA Philadelphia $360,000
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. Washington $360,000
The Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh Pittsburgh $125,000
The Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh $360,000
Tennessee Tennessee Fair Housing Council Nashville $125,000
Tennessee Fair Housing Council $360,000
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. Jackson $360,000
Texas Austin Tenants Council Austin $360,000
Greater Houston Fair Housing Center Houston $360,000
North Texas Fair Housing Center Dallas $360,000
San Antonio Fair Housing Council, Inc. San Antonio $360,000
Utah Disability Law Center Salt Lake City $359,580
Virginia Hampton Roads Community Action Program, Inc. Newport News $91,270
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. Richmond $360,000
Vermont Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc. Burlington $114,013
Washington Fair Housing Center of Washington Tacoma $360,000
Northwest Fair Housing Alliance Spokane $360,000
West Virginia The Fairmont Morgantown Housing Authority Fairmont $124,467
Wisconsin Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council Milwaukee $360,000